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Terrorists Strikes Terror And Turmoil!

Seven years ago, the Bush administration initiated a “war against terrorism” aimed at wiping out terrorist groups in the Middle East. Seven long years have passed and now, instead of dealing with terrorists in the Middle East, the fight now entails terrorists in virtually every part of the world. Tuesday’s al-Qaida strike in Algiers left 43 dead followed by another strike yesterday which resulted in 11 more dead, bombs exploded in Turkey and a devastating attack in Pakistan which caused dozens of deaths. Ten French soldiers were killed in an attack and twenty wounded in Afghanistan where violence continues escalating despite seven years of fighting against the terrorists.

The death of the ten French soldiers has unleashed a wave of sympathy in the Western world, but rarely do we witness such an outpouring of grief when ten Afghan civilians are killed by coalition or American air strikes. Perhaps, it is time to pose questions about the so-called war against terrorism and explore alternative strategies. It is clear the Bush approach of more soldiers and more air strikes only results in allowing terrorist forces to grow in strength. The world must explore new anti-terror paths and they most probably include less emphasis on the military and more on economic and social development. They also must include a new vision of intellectual and emotional development.

Indonesian Terrorist Bombing Averted

Indonesian police were able to foil a planned terrorist attack on Western tourists in Sumatra after a planned attack by Islamist militants was called off at the last moment when they realized their attack would essentially result in the death of Muslims, not westerners. Ten men were arrested in the Sumatran resort town of Bukittinggi where they had already planted some explosives in a cafe when they became aware of who was in the cafe. Police said the men then decided to plant bombs in Jakarta but one of them informed on the others when he was picked up by the police.

A few years ago, over 200 western tourists were killed in Bali by such terrorists who seek to destabilize Indonesian by cutting off tourist revenues. The incident once again proves the importance of effective police work and the use of informants to thwart terrorism. Of course, one is left wondering why terrorists thought planting bombs in Jakarta was a lesser threat to Muslims.

Captured Al-Qaeda Memo Reveals Fatigue

An Al-Qaeda document, which apparently was written in the summer of 2007, reveals growing fatigue and loss of morale on the part of insurgents. They complain about “we lost the cities, and afterwards villages.. We find ourselves in a wasteland.” They recognize their tactics have angered ordinary citizens in Iraq who are tired of suicide attacks that kill innocent civilians and the memo also suggests too many insurgents want to go on suicide missions rather than fight. It is now much more difficult to move around Iraq because local groups are prepared to fight and civilians will provide information to the police. The presence of Iraq militia units has become a great hindrance to al-Qaeda.

The document reveals in blatant terms that it took George Bush six years to finally figure out how to fight against terrorism. “Through the last four years, the crusaders learned from their mistakes.” From the moment Bush ordered the ill-advised invasion of Iraq he was told by numerous people, including the British government, not to disbland the Iraq army and to draw upon existing military and police in order to maintain order. He rejected that advice and as a result thousands of American soldiers have died as well as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. Al-Qaeda could have been halted from day one if only Bush had paid attention to those who knew something about fighting terrorists. But, the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio thought they knew more than anyone else. Their arrogance of power brought on the devastation that hit Iraq.

British Partliamentar Rebellion Against Suspect Detention Time

MPs belonging to all political parties in the British Parliament rose in anger at proposals from the government to double the time terror suspects can be held without charges being levied against them. There are fears the government may well expand the number of suspects twelvefold in the coming decade. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith insisted: “There is a clear trend of growing complexity, growing numbers of people involved, of international links, that make it at least likely that at some point, longer than 28 days may be necessary for police and other investigators to investigate, interview, sift the evidence, make the international links to be able to charge somebody.” She sprang a surprise on the MPs by placing into the proposed legislation authority for the police to use the new power in dealing with any criminal, not just terrorists. David Dawes of the Conservative Party argued the proposal, in effect, meant England was now in a “permanent, undeclared state of emergency” that could go on forever. Bob Marshall-Andrews of the Labor Party argued the government had so far failed to give “a single example, not one,” to justify the need for extending time to hold prisoners.

We live in the world of Bushmania in which governments can throw the word out of “terrorism” to justify any action against “suspects.” After all, someone who has been “detained” is not yet a convicted terrorist, they simply are a human who has been charged with a crime. If the history of the United States is cited, there are simply very few actual examples of “terrorists” being charged with crimes, let alone convicted.

A Reporter’s Life In Iraq– Intimidation Or Death

Safa al-Mansoor, writing from Basra describes the lives of reporters as one in which intimidation or death are constant companions. Majid al-Brekan, who works for Radio Sawa, funded by America, has been shot at, threatened and told his life would soon be over. “We are fearful and cautious about our work,” he says, “we can’t report the fully story in detail because no one protect us.” Several reporters have fled Basra because of death threats and three have been killed in the past few years. Last year, a website of an unknown militant group posted a hit list of 17 Basra journalist. Some of them immediately left the city. Journalists say any criticism of political parties or militias is a red line that should not be crossed if one wants to live. This lack of reporting allows corruption and killing to go unreported. Journalists also indicated no one dares write about Iran’s role in formenting terrorism.

The goal of George Bush was establishing a democratic Iraq. His policies have led to creation of terrorist groups that hamper freedom of speech, the press or religion. Perhaps, it is ironic, that Bush has always obtained the exact opposite result of whatever he does in foreign policy. The tragedy is people suffer due to his incompetence.